Is your cat hoping for some hummus? Avoid sharing. Hummus is primarily made from chickpeas, tahini (sesame seed paste), olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and other seasonings, many of which are not suitable for feline consumption.
Garlic is one ingredient in hummus that can pose severe risks to your cat's wellbeing. Garlic contains substances like thiosulfate, which are toxic to cats.
Additionally, the base ingredient of hummus, chickpeas, may also cause stomach upset in some cats when consumed in large quantities. Although they aren't necessarily harmful on their own, chickpeas are high in fibre, which domesticated cats' digestive systems aren't equipped to handle efficiently, potentially leading to bloating and flatulence.
If your cat eats hummus and is showing signs of illness such as lethargy, diarrhoea, or vomiting, reach out to your veterinarian immediately. If they require veterinary care related to eating unsafe foods, cat insurance may help cover the cost of treatment.